AG Coakley Cautions Medicare Beneficiaries of Potential Scams Involving the $250 Prescription Drug Coverage Gap Rate
"These rebate checks provide an important benefit to many Medicare recipients in the Commonwealth, but beneficiaries should be cautious of possible scams that may arise," said AG Coakley. "Although these checks will be sent automatically, criminals may attempt to manipulate this process to their advantage in order to gain elders' personal information. We urge seniors not to give out their personal information to anyone who contacts them about the rebate check"
Medicare will automatically issue the rebate check to beneficiaries who qualify-there is no form to fill out and you do not need to provide any personal information such as your Medicare, Social Security or bank account numbers to receive the rebate check. Do not give your personal information to anyone who contacts you about the $250 rebate check. If you are contacted by anyone about the $250 rebate check, you should call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to report it. If you do not receive your rebate check, or have other questions about the rebate program, contact Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE. You will not receive a rebate if you are receiving Medicare Extra Help. Consumers who have questions about how to protect themselves from identity theft and consumer scams should contact Massachusetts Attorney General's Office consumer hotline at (617) 727-8400.
These rebate checks are being sent as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care reform law passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. This law contains important benefits for Medicare recipients including gradually closing the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap (sometimes called the Medicare "donut hole").
Help spread the word about this important new benefit by sharing this information with friends, neighbors and family members. To learn more about how Medicare is working to stop scams against beneficiaries, go to stopmedicarefraud.gov.